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-door fiscal cliff meeting between the president and congressional leaders? do you believe it was a political stunt or real negotiation? la mancha gerriwillis.com, vote on the right-hand side of the screen, i will share the results of the end of the show. still ahead tonight, it's not just the fiscal cliff mess that congress has left undone. there is a whole lot of other work that our lawmakers should have done this year but did not. i will tell you all about it. and we will be right back so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. means the world to me. and one of the most important things any parent can do is make sure their kids get active at least 60 minutes each day. studies show that physical activity not only helps kids stay
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's closed-door fiscal cliff meeting between the president and congressional leaders? do you believe it was a political stunt or real negotiation? la mancha gerriwillis.com, vote on the right-hand side of the screen, i will share the results of the end of the show. still ahead tonight, it's not just the fiscal cliff mess that congress has left undone. there is a whole lot of other work that our lawmakers should have done this year but did not. i will tell you all about it. and we will be right back copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your
to the white house for a late afternoon fiscal cliff meeting which brought the president and congressional leaders together for the first time since november, but it's unclear if it brought country any closer to avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and, in fact, the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: the president called the meeting as lawmakers pointed fingers in this high stakes game of chicken. >> it's republicans who are holding hostage the middle class in america so that the wealthy don't have to pay their fair share. >> we need two words, presidential leadership on not just taxing rich people, we could tax all the rich people and cut their heads off and it wouldn't help the medicare fiscal cliff. >> reporter: with time running out hopes for a grand bargain have diminished with talk now of a smaller deal that extend bush tax rate for the middle class and extends
and congressional leaders try to pull off a fiscal cliff hail mary. their last-ditch meeting at the white house desperately tries to land a deal but the report he hadly not putting any new offer on the table. we have the very latest for you. >>> not even the fiscal cliff can slow down the u.s. oil boom the production surge sets up huge windfalls for businesses outside the oil industry in 2013. who stand to reap the biggest gains? we'll drill down details so you can get in on this game. >>> iran launches war games in the strait of hormuz flexing its military muscle in the heart of the critical seaway for global oil supplies. is iran just sabre-rattling or gearing up for something much bigger? even when they say it's not, it is always about money. adam: and a good evening to you. melissa francis will be back after the first of the year but right now let's look at today's market headlines of the investors were largely gripped by unfolding events in washington regarding the fiscal cliff. there was little optimism on wall street. stocks fell for their fifth straight session. the dow, the dow fell be
that david will ask him all about the fiscal cliff talks. that is on "meet the press." >>> and what became of john boehner because not long ago he was the leader of a powerful leader of the house, but now he can't get his caucus to vote on the much approved plan b, and he is on the sidelines watching the fiscal cliff with the rest of us. this is "hardball." [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! >>> welcome back to "hardball." the president has made clear he wants a deal, but just how will a deal get done? joining me now from the hill is nbc's kelly o'donnell. kelly, i have heard a lot today about the house bill going to one, to the senate and getting amended, and is this some kind of smoke screen for the house republicans or some kind of legislative need to use the vehicle that has already been passed? >> well, at the risk of this being the eyes glazed over moment, one of the big issues here i
. meeting to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff were held. and rebel fighters ha effectively sound -- surrounded the african capital and have agreed to attend peace talks. the hope is negotiations will start soon. >>> four people were killed when an airplane crashed into a main road near the russian capital moscow. they were injured when the aircraft skidded off the runway and broke apart. >> the russian airliner traveling from the czech republic overshot the main runway at moscow's airport and came down on a highway. the impact split the airplane into three pieces. the cockpit ended up on the road with parts of the fuselages strewed across the perimeter fence. rescue teams were on the scene within minutes and emergency teams to access the aircraft through the rear door. the airplane, which can carry more than two other passengers, was flying virtually empty with just eight crew members on board. it was operated by the russian red wings airline. high wind was recorded at the airport at the time of the crash, but the cause is not yet clear. the aircraft entered commercial service in
't hammer out a fiscal cliff deal. senators will be meeting throughout the day. we'll be heading to the white house from the latest from the president. now, the big three money headlines, milk money, talking about on the rise and a sales surge. we have retail and economy news. everyone talking about fiscal cliff, taxes going up. a little detail not many people talking about, but will get their attention if you say your milk prices could double, triple? >> got milk, t.j.? talking about the dairy cliff. and the conchalgressional agricultural committee will come together. the price of milk will increase. right now, a gallon of milk about $3.50. set to go up to -- get this. $8 by january. if this new man isn't implemented. part of the talks that's going on with the president. they hope this will move forward. nobody wants the price of milk to be drink up. >> farm bill, it maybe goes over their heads. but i tell somebody that $8 for a gallon, they pay attention. >> this is a farm bill they really want to concentrate on. who wants to pay $8 a gallon for milk. >> this isn't the only thi
all go overs fiscal cliff. that meeting lasted for an hour and five minutes. on a story where every second and every maneuver counts, let's get chief to white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, the president says he's modestly optimist being but each also presented a backup plan. does the president really think it will come to that? >> at this point, no, they don't, john, because the white house is hopeful that the agreement that the senators are working on can actually move forward after the meeting here. there is a modest uptick in enthusiasm about that possibility. but as forts backup plan, there's no real likelihood that would ever come to a vote because republicans would likely block it in both the senate and might -- it would likely not come to a vote in the house. so that's really more rhetoric than it is reality and we have to hope for option a, getting an agreement in the senate if we're going to avoid going over the cliff. >> rhetoric versus reality. that's always a tricky place to be in washington. listen, this is some serious high stakes political poker here. w
fiscal cliff talks after meeting with president obama. the president said he's modestly optimistic, but he warned, "the hour for immediate action is here..." dock workers on the east coast and gulf coast postponed a potentially crippling strike. and retired army general norman schwarzkopf passed away at the age of 78. he commanded the coalition victory over iraq, in the first gulf war. online, we look back at what 2012 meant for the health care reform law and what lies ahead in 2013. kwame holman tells us more. >> holman: ray suarez talks with jay hancock of kaiser health news about the year in health care and what changes in coverage can be expected next year. that's on our health page. on making sense, liberal economist and columnist paul krugman has a mea culpa moment, admitting to a mistake he made. and our own paul solman admits to a few as well as we come to the end of 2012. and you can look back at some of the most striking and oddest images captured by photojournalists this year. all that and more is on our web site newshour.pbs.org. margaret? >> warner: and that's the "new
. >> brown: developing fiscal cliff, walking short time ago the president came out of the meeting with congressional leaders and said he was modestly optimistic. are you? >> no, no i think everyone is trying to look busy so when we go over he can say we tried. he came back from hawaii, he had to do something. so they had a meeting. if you don't have new offers you don't have progress. you did have a frank exchange but they in in the business of macking a deal there is no real evidence that they moved. so i remain that we will probely go oferm then once that happens then all sort of things start a lining. speaker boehner gets reelect as speaker t is easier to pass a tax cut than do it beforehand. everyone goes crazy outside so there is more pressure. so i still think it's much more likely that not much has happened. >> what do you think? looking busy, that's all that is happening right now? >> i think that it was a chance, on january 3rd, he has the votes from the republicacongress, land there is no reason to think doesn't, then will be re-elected to peaker of the house. but if 17
gregory will have an exclusive interview with president obama on the fiscal cliff crisis this sunday on "meet the press." >>> and now to the weather. and more snow is on the way as we head into the new year's weekend, and that may not be the end of it. the weather channel's chris warren joins me now. chris, good evening. >> good evening to you, too, natalie. we are watching a storm right now developing that will bring some snow to the northeast. the satellite does show that storm right now taking shape in the southeast, and it is going to move into the northeast. it's tapping into some gulf of mexico moisture. we're going to watch the timing right now. tomorrow morning, snow will be flying in the ohio valley throughout much of pennsylvania. during the day, moving into philadelphia, new york city and then into connecticut and boston by the evening. some of this blue in here, as the storm intensifies, that blue indicates some of the heavier snow. when it's all said and done, we're going to see several inches of snow in some spots. but it's going to be a fast-mover. by tomorrow night, t
right enough to get something done on the fiscal cliff. we saw the president this harch meet with the bipartisan leadership in congress. remember the republicans because of the intransigence we talked about their caucus sought the speaker es plan for a plan b. that weakened the republican negotiating position . and now the president has maximum leverage because the tax cuts are due to expire by the end of the year. mitch mcconnell said he was hopeful and optimistic that they could get a deal that they could pass. the reason that that could happen if mitch mcconnell lets it happen, john boehner may feel no option but to put that on the floor for pass adge whether or not most republicans are for it. that would be the realization of that -- >> wouldn't that violate the principle that would have govern the policy that nothing wowlingd pass unless the yort of the majority support it. >> it would violate the principle. some democrats think that mitch mcconnell is ready to force john boehner's hand. we know the republicans are going to lose the fight of taxes because tax rates are g
will be talking about the fiscal cliff with david gregory on "meet the press" tomorrow, it's an exclusive interview, check your local listings for the air times. if you miss it, we will rerun it on msnbc tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. >>> want to update you on developing news in houston. george h. w. bush has been released from icugabe is staineding by. you told us two hours ago that the president was singing to doctors and unurses, he sounds like he is doing better than a week ago? >> yes, we got a update saying that former president bush was moved to a regular patient room and that the bush family wanted to thank everyone for their thought prayers. this comes a day after the spokesman said that the former president was singing along with his medical staff. and the 41st president of the united states first went to the hospital in early november for bronchitis, he was released a few days later and then after thanksgiving went back in with a nagging cough. his families have not released many details of the treatment he has been receiving, but late this week, on thursday, houston -- the chief
of the fiscal cliff negotiations. he called a meeting good and constructive and said that harry reid and mitch mcconnell will try to work out a bipartisan bill this weekend. if no agreement can be reached, like harryt obama would reid to present a bill. the president spoke from the white house briefing room. >> good afternoon, everybody. for the past couple of months, i have been working with leaders of both parties to try to forge an agreement that would grow our economy and shrink the deficit, a balanced plan that would cut spending in a responsible way but also ask wealthy americans to pay more and protect our middle-class and everyone striving to get into the middle class. i want to get this done. it is the right thing to do for our families, businesses, and our economy, but the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. we are at the point where in four days every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. every americans' paychecks will get considerably smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy, it would be bad for middle-class families, and it would be bad
the fiscal cliff which is coming very soon. just a couple of days. tonight the president called the meeting constructiv constructive. mark matthews has look at the cost of going over the fiscal cliff if we do. >> president is optimistic but if deal can't be reached this weekend he will tell senate leader reid tiny introduce a fall back bill. >> bill on the floor that make sure that taxes on middle class family don't go up. that unemployment insurance is still available for two million people lay the ground work then for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps to take in the new year that. >> bill ass the president calls the bare minimum isn't what many on capitol hill had hoped for. it pushes off until next year the larger problems of dealing with the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts. study by george mason university found spending cut will result in two million jobs lost and 215 billion dollar drop in the nation gross domestic product. that's the value of all the goods and services produced. for california it means defense spending would be cut by half billion d
the u.s. economy from going off the fiscal cliff. after a late afternoon meeting with the top four congressional leaders at the white house, president obama offered this assessment. >>> i'm modestly optimistic -- nobody is going to get 100% of what they want. but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> sources say house speaker are john boehner deferred to senate colleagues and told them house leaders would consider, accept or amend their plan. what s not expected to be included in any deal is increasing the debt limit, something democrats have wanted and republicans have resisted. >> we he haded a long meeting in the white house and it was constructive. we hope that it will bear fruit. but that is what we hoped a lot. i think that the next 24 hours will be very instructive as to what we are able to accomplish. >> if it doesn't work president obama wants lawmakers to vote on what would essentially be plan c. here is what it would include. focusing on three key
to lawmakers, republican and democrats. this can't happen. we can't go off the fiscal cliff. we have got to meet this deny. now what we're hearing, it is not that bad, we have time. >> what jessica said about the term paper, getting it done in time. you know what happens if you don't get it done in time? you get an f. and a lot of american voters are going to say an "f" to all the politicians if they don't get it done. look, i don't think it would be the end of the world if we go off the fiscal cliff. and it think it would be resolved in the weeks ahead. but this is kind of a black eye for the political system. here we are, two or three days ahead from the start of the year. without any american business investor, or worker, this just is not a very good way to run a country. and it is almost like banana republic politics. >> my dad used to say, no way to run a railroad. or government. let's talk about a couple of things, the whole idea that tax rates on everyone will go up. does the irs or the treasury department have the ability to sort of say look, here is some guidance? keep withholdi
, no deal yet after an 11th-hour meeting at the white house to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president before the american people. >> the hour for immediate action is here. >> just four days until taxes go up for all americans. tonight, what you're telling washington. >>> not again, a giant storm on the move tonight, tracking where and when it will hit. >>> scare at sea, the cruise ship nightmare unfolding, the captain who warned the passengers ahead of time, but it didn't work. >>> and at last. ♪ at last >> the american greats we lost this year. ♪ moon river >> the lasting gifts and the laughs they leave behind. >> everything you do, do it cool. stan
-minute deal towards the so called -- to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff has finished. john boehner was at the white house today, trying to reach an agreement to avoid hundreds of billions of dollars of tax increases and spending cuts. no statement is expected anytime soon. we go live now to washington to war correspondent, ben. >> all of the participants at this meeting left without a word. i don't think we will hear from them the rest of the day. there is a great deal at stake and very little time left. it has been reported that president obama presented a plan to increase taxes on income over a quarter million dollars per year, as part of the deficit reduction plan to deal with american debt. he would probably say to the congressional leaders that need to figure out a way to get it through, but i think the expectations in washington of a deal are low with only three, four days left until the new year and the media tax hikes and spending cuts taking and -- kicking in. >> that means perhaps heading back into recession? >> yes, there is little doubt in washington about the seriousne
for this meeting that he wants an up or down vote on his scaled back bill to try to avoid this fiscal cliff. and he basically turned on them and said so what's your response? what's your move? the next move is yours. and then i'm told that mitch mcconnell and harry reid, the democratic leader in the senate jumped in before john boehner really got a chance to fully respond and say, look, we will take the ball and try to pass a bipartisan bill in the senate. the president responded by saying i will give you a day or two but we're running out of time. if you don't get it done in the senate. i want an up or down vote. then he came out and addressed reporters in the briefing room it is clear that the president is only cautiously optimistic that this is going to take a look. take a listen. >> it if there are disagreements they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind boggling to them. it needs to stop. i'm moderately optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. >> the president realizes after weeks of saying no they will get it done at the fi
at the white house, washington lawmakers working furiously today to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. but can they do it in time? >>> and family feud. a college student fed up with what she calls her meddling, overbearing parents goes to court to get them to back off. now, she has a restraining order. today, saturday, december 29, order. today, saturday, december 29, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm cain for lester holt. just when you thought it was safe to go out, another storm is hitting the east coast. >> there won't be as bad as the storm that spun off tornadoes and dumped heavy snow across the northeast and the east this week. it could certainly impact holiday travel. we'll have the latest coming up in a moment. >>> also ahead, in the wake of the sandy hook school tragedy, a new plan from the controversial sheriff in arizona. he wants armed volunteers to patrol the schools there. we'll get into that debate. >>> then, we'll share with you a romance story 20 years in the making. it began
an exclusive interview with the president on the fiscal cliff crisis. that's tomorrow on "meet the press." >> kind of sobering when you hear john say if it wasn't for the deadline, we wouldn't probably be as close to this point. >>> want to check now some of the other top stories from jenna wolf. good morning. >>> good morning. promising news for the victims of superstorm sandy. $60 billion emergency aid package sailed through the senate friday with backing from democrats. however, the bill does face an uncertain future now in the house where republican leaders want to cut that aid package by more than half. >>> federal prosecutors are accusing a neighbor of arming an ex-con who fatally shot two firefighters responding to a house fire in western new york on christmas eve. they say the woman, dawn nguyen of rochester, knew spengler wasn't supposed to have any weapons. one was a semiautomatic rifle similar to the one used in the connecticut school massacre. >>> a $100 million lawsuit is brewing in connecticut following the horrific school shooting. attorney irwin pinski represents a 6-year
the fiscal cliff. but no deal, as anger builds across the country, the clock is ticking. just four days left before taxes go up for all americans and federal programs see major cuts. we've shown you the math here. the average american household would see their tax bill go up nearly $3,500. this evening, president obama telling congress, the american people are watching what we're doing here. he appeared in the briefing room a short time ago. let's go right to jon carl tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are finally signs of life here in washington. after meeting with congressional leaders here at the white house, the president pronounced himself modestly optimistic that a bipartisan agreement can finally be struck that would prevent taxes from going up on virtually everybody in just four days. after meeting with the congressional leaders, the president said there would be one more effort to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a p
avoiding the fiscal cliff. tonight abc 7 news mark matthews has been looking into the cost governoring over the live cliff. >> remember, last year it? was part of a deal to end the debt ceiling crisis. congress agreed to steep a spending cuts going into reduce the deficit. cuts now are just around the corner. >> the president says he's optimistic but did f.a deal can not be reached he'll tell hairy reid to introduce a fall back bill. >> put a bill making sure tax on middle class families don't goup, that unemployment is available for two million people z that lays ground work for additional deficit reductions and economic growth steps we can take in the new year. >> the bill, as the president calls bare minimum isn't what many hoped for, pushing off until next year, larger pron lems of dealing with the cuts. the study by george mason university found cuts will result in two million jobs lost and a $215 billion drop in the nation's gross domestic product. for california, it means defense spending will be cut by half a billion dollars, 12,000 children would lose their access to head head star
news. >>> an agreement to the fiscal cliff now appears up to mitch mcconnel and harry reed. while the president said the meeting was constructive he added if congress can't reach a deal he will ask senator reed to at least propose a basic package. >> one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job. and lays the ground work for future corporation by more economic growth and deficit reduction. >>> with no agreement on the fiscal cliff extended unemployment benefits expire tomorrow for 24,000 unemployed californians. one woman says she's been out of work for two years. she said if it weren't for the long term unemployment benefits she doesn't know how she would get by. >> not being able to put food on table. not being able to pay my bills. >> those individuals and families are on their own to figure out how they're going to have an income until they have go on and have a job again. >> reporter: 1.2 million americans could lose their extended unemployment benefits nationwide. >>>
crowley in washington with the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations. there was a big meeting at the white house today between the president and the four leaders, two republicans and two democrats on capitol hill. senator harry reid told reporters afterwards that the next 24 hours would be very important, as he and republican leader mitch mcconnell try to put together something that would pass both of their caucuses, that republicans in the senate would vote for and that democrats in the senate would vote for. and then, of course, it would have to go to the house. now, the majority leader senator reid said he's readying a bill for a vote on monday to prevent a tax hike on incomes up to $250,000. senator reid said his bill will include all of the additional provisions that the president outlined that include long-term unemployment benefits, a continuation of those. that would be sort of the plan b for democrats simply because what they would rather do is get a bill with senator reid working in conjunction with senator mcconnell. senator reid said he's awaiting good faith propos
to have a fiscal cliff recommendation soon. >> we will be working hard to see if we can get there in next 24 hours and so i am hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but the sticking point remains finding something that can make it through the house with enough support from republicans. >> it seems like the 250 threshold that the president proposed previously is unlikely to pass the house in its current form, and so without some sort of additional compromise there, it seems unlikely that we're going to get something done before the end of the year. >> susie: you know thanks for that report. i am just wondering from all of the reporting you have done, do you think we are better off with a bad deal than no deal at all? >> you know susie when peopletal they are talking about a bad deal in political terms. frankly it's republicans that are most worried about the bad deal they have most leverage. the president has the most leverage. they are worried about a bad deal. any deal that gets us past the fiscal cliff is going to be seen as a good deal. >> susie: it seems like we are further apart than
parties determined to go over the fiscal cliff together? let's bring in our washington correspondent for more on this. what can you tell us about the meeting coming up in less than an hour? what will the president talking about with the republican leadership? >> there are only six people who really know what is going on, and what will really happen at the white house, and they will not talk, but i expect them to talk about higher taxes for the wealthy. are the republicans willing to accept that? they will also talk about entitlement spending cuts. are the democrats willing to accept that the government will spend less money? if this is the case, then they might find common ground. one important issue, of course, is going to be the members of the tea party. they are saying compromise is a bad word. of course, it will be difficult for them to find a compromise, to bring them into the boat. >> we had the meeting today. we have the special session on sunday. do you expect a compromise, or are we going over the cliff? >> this is really difficult to predict, but i will look today when they
whitfield. here are the top stories we are following right now. >>> that fiscal cliff. we are at the very edge. senate leaders are working through the weekend trying to reach a deal before the deadline. today president obama called on lawmakers to meet their deadlines and responsibilities and forge a compromise to avoid tax hike and spending cuts from taking effect. lisa desjardins is live on capitol hill. what's going on right now? >> reporter: right now it's all behind closed doors, martin. what we just have learned in the last hour, in fact, what reporters have seen here, a surprise. house speaker john boehner was here at the capitol. we're still trying to sort out exactly why he was here, but he wasn't here for very long, it seems. he left in the last hour. also, we were able to see some of senator mcconnell's staffers. i was able to speak to one of them coming in and out of these kind of closed-door planning meetings. he said they've been here since 9:00 a.m. they plan to work all day and we may see his boss, senator mcconnell, later today. that shows us kind of where things stand. i
. we have been told about meetings about ways to avoid the fiscal cliff. not sure how they are going to hammer out details in the house. the principle negotiators. the leadership from both parties could be brought in later in the day. president obama has said, he said yesterday that if those leaders and those congressional negotiators cannot figure out how to compromise, then is he going to tell the senate just to vote anyways because he thinks with an up or down vote, senators with a support the plan that is already out there. the main hold up with the deal so far has been a fight over who should be classified as rich. democrats want to start letting tax cuts expire for anyone making more than $250,000. many republicans though want that number to go up to at least $400,000 a year. they think that's a better threshold. but, still, the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell thinks things are heading in the right direction. top administration officials say senator mcconnell has pledged to work closely with harry reid, the majority leader in the senate. we will see how that works out ve
the press" moderator david gregory. they will discuss the fiscal cliff and other key issues. you can see it here tomorrow at 10:30. >>> we're a little more than 36 hours away from the biggest game of the season for the redskins. the burgundy and gold face off against the cowboys tomorrow night. it's simple. win and you take the nfc east crown. even though we're in redskins country, there are sure to be some divided families tomorrow night. that includes the clark family in capital heights, maryland. half of the family are cowboy fans. half cheer on the skins. mom and dad are heading to the game. dad is hoping to see some upset redskins fans tomorrow night. >> it's nothing like 90,000 just going -- oh, my god. it is beautiful. >> we'll be divorced on sunday. just for sunday though. >> well, as for the little guy in the middle, he might have a cowboys jersey on, but his mom says he roots for the redskins too. in fact, kids at school have taken to calling him rc3. and you can catch up on everything redskins later this morning on "inside the redskins." that starts at 10:30. of course, we're
'reilly. thanks for watching us. our top story tonight, the last ditch effort to avert the fiscal cliff. president obama met with congressional leaders for several hours at the white house today to try to hammer out a deal before taxes go up on more than 160 million americans. after the meeting, the president presented a new plan to avoid the cliff and said he was modestly optimistic. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over into the house and done in a timely fashion so that we met the december 31st deadline. given how things have been working in this town we have to actually wait and see until it actually happens. the one thing that the american people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action. so if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i have asked senator reid to do. this put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle class families don't go up, that unemployment insurance is stil
-- the people who are placing bets in this town still expect that the nation will go over the fiscal cliff. so still a little bit more hope than when we woke up this morning but no one is counting on being off on new year's eve. randi. >> jessica, thanks. more now on the raw politics with "new york times" columnist ross douthat the and cornell. the president said he wanted to see a straight up-or-down vote. as we mentioned that, will happen on monday in the senate. he could lose that up-or-down vote. >> i think you're likely to see something come out of the senate. you have to pay attention, especially on the senate side to tone. what minority leader mcconnell was saying was tone was right. i think you'll see something come out of the senate but i think the problem comes on the house side, whether or not speaker boehner what it send theirs way to go an up or down vote without having the majority of the majority. >> ross, this is what speaker boehner said he wanted to push off to the senate. nothing helps us answer the big question, can his speaker bring his conference on board? could house rep
the fiscal cliff. the tax hikes will kick in january 1. danielle nottingham on the other hand what both sides are saying. >> reporter: top congressional leaders met with president obama. the president called the meeting constructive but reminded lawmakers there is not much time left. >> we are now at the point where in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> harry reed turned to is the gnat floor. >> we are engaged in discussions, the leader myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we are going to do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that is waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits an some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism nay will get the job done, but the president has a back up plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senator reed and senator mcconnell, i will urge reed to
morning talk show. the president is giving an interview to nbc's "meet the press." the fiscal cliff and the president's plan to avoid it are expected to be the main focus of that interview. >>> investors on wall street are nervous about the looming fiscal cliff deadline which is just three days away on. friday, stocks closed lower for a fifth day in a row ending the week down by 2%. >>> the conservative wave that swept the tea party into power two years ago may be headed back out. as the country teeters on the fiscal cliff, some tea partiers seem ready to compromise on taxes. here's jim acosta. >> reporter: for the tea party, change is brewing on capitol hill. florida republican alan west who rode the tea party wave in congress two years ago only to be swept out in november has already lost its office which is being prepped by painters for its new occupant. >> they say he's an outsider, a reformer. >> reporter: another tea partier, kansas congressman tim huleskamp, was booted from his seat on the budget committee he believes to john boehner wanted to send a message, to get in line f
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